Public Health, MPH

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the degree for those who wish to practice public health locally or globally. Our curriculum provides grounding in the competencies needed to be a successful public health practitioner. Graduates are equipped to address the most pressing and emerging health problems with training in one of six concentrations.

  • Community Health Promotion: Students examine the social and behavioral determinants associated with the most pressing health problems in order to improve population health through the design, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs. Graduates of this concentration are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) exam.
  • Epidemiology: Students develop strong quantitative skills to investigate and analyze factors that influence the occurrence, distribution, prevention and control of disease. Classes focus on skill development including study design, data collection and management, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of research findings.
  • Food Security and Nutrition: Students in this interdisciplinary concentration create population health approaches to implement food security and nutrition programs and policies within a global public health context. Prerequisite: At least one undergraduate nutrition course (e.g., NUTR 295).
  • Global Health: Students develop competencies and apply communication skills to promote health in a global context, emphasizing comparative global health metrics; the socioeconomic, environmental, and other risk factors associated with transnational health concerns; and ethical and effective strategies for preventing and controlling infectious and non-communicable diseases in diverse populations.
  • Health Policy: Students address the nature and importance of policy and policy-making in today’s public health system in order to engage with public health and advocacy organizations on policy issues and to analyze and support policy approaches in an era of scarce public resources and ever-changing priorities.
  • Public Health Communication: Students learn to design, evaluate, and implement effective communication strategies and messages to inform and influence individual and community decisions that affect health. This highly specialized concentration links the fields of communication and public health. [Note: This program is not accepting new students at this time.]

Admissions Requirements

International Application Requirements

Public health is a very broad field and graduates of the George Mason University MPH Program pursue career opportunities in a wide variety of employment settings.

Recent graduates of the MPH work in the following locations:

  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • FHI 360
  • Local Health Departments (e.g., Fairfax, Prince William, Alexandria, Prince George’s)
  • Neighborhood Health
  • George Mason University
  • Virginia Department of Health

Recent graduates of the MPH have the following job titles:

  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Community Health Educator
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • HIV Prevention Supervisor
  • Maternal/Child Health Program Specialist
  • Oral Health Coordinator
  • Scientist
  • Youth Advocacy Program Associate

Meet an alumna of the MPH program.